So a friend of mine called last night, someone I haven't talked to for quite a while, asking if I'd put his 110 back together. This is a tractor that I sold to him about 4 years ago, and the first thing he did was take it completely apart so that he could restore it. I offered to restore it for him, but he insisted that he wanted to do it on his own. I told him that I'd help out in anyway I could, so to call me if he gets into a bind. Well, here it is 4 years later, and he calls me telling me he has all of the parts painted and ready for assembly, but since it's been so long, he can't remember which part goes where. Just for the record, I suggested to him to take plenty of pictures as he's disassembling, but I think his pride got the best of him. He is a man who has to have the best of everything, and money is no object when it comes to spending for things that he wants.
We talked for about a half hour last night, mostly on catch up, work, and other miscellaneous topics, but eventually we got back to the tractor subject again. He really wants this tractor back together, and even offered to pay me for my services of assembling it. I told him I really don't have the time right now, as I'm currently working almost 70 hours a week at my job, and that I just started Ryan's Wheel Horse restoration. The only time I'd have to assemble the tractor would be on Sundays, as during the week I get home around 6:30-7:00, and after eating supper I'm usually looking to go to bed around 8:00. I told him Caleb would probably be interested in assembling the tractor for him, as he could work on it throughout the days. It would also give him some good experience. He agreed, and said he would drop off the parts and pieces this afternoon sometime. I told him I may or not be home when he arrives, and if I'm not, to lay everything out in the backyard and I will put them in the garage when I get back home.
I get home after he has been here, and this is what I find:
As you can see from the pictures, most parts are indeed painted, but there are also parts that aren't. As particular and perfect as this friend is, I would of thought the paint finish would have been to higher quality then it is. He didn't even fill or build up the rust pits! He also has parts shown here that don't even belong to this tractor, as well as parts that aren't here to complete the tractor. This tractor was sold to him complete, as a 1966 110 with hydraulic lift. If you take notice, the console is indeed the correct console, however there is a manual lift handle included in the parts. The lift cylinder is there, but the pump is no where to be found. The carb and the motor were rebuilt, however the motor wasn't painted. He wants the skinny 6-12 rear wheels mounted to the tractor, however the rear tires that he has included are 23x8.50-12's. They look terrible mounted on the skinnier rims as it pulls the sidewalls in too far.
So here's my question to the group. Would you just put everything back together the way you got it, or would you spend the extra time needed to make the tractor look nice and just charge him for the time spent? I'll have to find out what type of paint brand he used in painting the parts, as I'll have to paint the unpainted pieces, hoping that I can match the shade and quality as he has. This project isn't going to be as easy as just putting everything back together as initially thought, and frankly, I don't have the time needed, nor does Caleb have the experience to finish this.
What would you guys do? Give him what he wants, or take the time to do it right?